PISA-based Test for Schools - Assessment
How is the assessment based on PISA?
The PISA-based Test for Schools is based on the main PISA assessment frameworks, but the assessments are different. One of the main differences is that the PISA-Based Test for Schools is designed to provide results for schools and not to provide aggregate national or system-level results.
The PISA-based Test for Schools is not the same as the national PISA cycles and participation in one assessment should not be confused with the other.
The assessment tool
Schools that implement the assessment work with their country's service provider to make sure that quality standards and procedures are followed in preparation for the test administration and on the day of testing.
Toolkit for school leaders
A toolkit, published by EdLeader21 with guidance of the OECD, walks districts and school leaders through the steps leading up to administering the assessment and answers questions such as: how can district and school leaders launch an effective programme of using the PISA-based Test for Schools; what are the most effective tactics for administering the test and communicating to parents; how to best glean meaningful insights from the comprehensive school report; and what are the most effective strategies to best exploit test results in order to improve student learning?
School Leaders speaking about their participation in the pilot and the relevance of the assessment tool
Learning from the PISA-based Test for Schools: Improving student reading performances
The Technical Report for the PISA-based Test for Schools describes the methodologies and procedures used to implement the paper-based version of the assessment. The purpose of the report is two-fold: first the report serves as documentation of how the assessment was implemented during the first years of availability (2012-2015), and second it serves as a reference manual for the continued implementation of the assessment across the world.
Guidelines for the appropriate use of the test
The OECD Secretariat has developed guidelines that have been reviewed by the PISA Governing Board for public availability of the assessment in countries that adopt it addressing aspects such as the proper uses of the assessment, of the “PISA” brand and the appropriate public communication of schools’ results from the assessment.
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